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Three Voyages


Hansen, A, Three Voyages, Oceanic Passages, 23-25 June 2010, Hobart, Tasmania (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


In this paper I discuss three voyages and the impact they had on Tasmania – showing the movement of its society from a British penal colony to that of a settler society beginning to identify with place. The first voyage was that of Joseph Dalton Hooker on his botanical expedition to Tasmania and New Zealand in 1839–1842. This was a voyage of a British scientist venturing to the southern colonies to collect botanical specimens to bring back to the imperial centre at Kew Gardens for study, classification and naming. The second and third voyages were both by the same man; Tasmanian-born botanist and botanical illustrator, William Archer (1820–1874). Archer’s first voyage to England was as a young man of sixteen – sent to the imperial centre for an education (he studied architecture and engineering). After returning to Tasmania, Archer became an accomplished amateur botanist, corresponding with JD Hooker, sending botanical specimens – and more importantly, botanical information – to Hooker at Kew Gardens. William Archer’s second voyage to England was significant in conceptually moving Tasmania from the periphery of an imperial British centre to the centre of an emerging settler society. Archer returned to England in 1859, not as the provincial student ready to learn from the metropolitan expert, but as a confident scientist and artist. He journeyed to Kew Gardens to work with JD Hooker of Flora Tasmaniae. Both his research and illustrations were used in Flora Tasmaniae. Hooker dedicated Flora Tasmaniae to Ronald Campbell Gunn and to William Archer.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Hansen, A (Ms Anita Hansen)
ID Code:68039
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2011-03-09
Last Modified:2011-04-19

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